A mere 35-minute ferry from Auckland takes you to a world of bays, beaches, and classic wine boutiques. Waiheke Island, in New Zealand, gifts its visitors with the chance to explore its art, amazing food with house wines, or to be indulged in its various adventure activities. This island is not only a heaven for foodies or art lovers, it is also a place where New Zealand based multi-millionaires build their holiday nests.
A laid-back, bohemian vibe hits visitors as soon as they step onto this island. A pleasant summer and comparatively warm winter make the island viable to visit, all through the year. Moreover, this island promises a laid-back, yet adventurous holiday.
This island is famous for its local wineries and its native vineyards produce the finest wines in the region. These wines also complement the array of local mouth watering foods. If you are set to explore the excellent flavors of the local food and wine, you can try a full-day food and wine tour. Take a sip of the native wines in these boutique vineyards, along with the vineyard lunch platter.
Apart from wines, the island is also famous for its olive oils and this trip will give you a chance to explore the flavor of prized local olive oils, along with Waiheke oysters and artisan cheese. A trained guide will pick you from your accommodation and stay with you throughout the tour.
The total duration of this day trip is 5.5 hours.
Food and Wine Tour Waiheke Island
Duration: 5.5 Hours
2. A glimpse of history in Waiheke Island Historical Village
The Waiheke Island Historical Village provides an excellent view of the past and is an initiative of the Waiheke Island Historical Society. This museum is based on a model of a traditional village and consists of five main buildings. The reconstructed woolshed building has a major collection of historical exhibits and a walk through the museum will give you a glimpse of the period rooms, meeting rooms along with the photo gallery and archives.
Maori artifacts like a player piano, a wool press and a whale-oil cauldron are kept here, along with a replica of the ancient toilets used by this tribe. The other three buildings are examples of three small bach-style houses which are called the Champion, Keane and Goodwin cottages. The original Waiheke jail is still kept intact, here, along with an old telephone exchange, in working condition.
The village is located at 169 Onetangi Road, near the Waiheke Golf Club and entry is by donation.
Waiheke Island Historical Village
Address: 165 Onetangi Straight, Waiheke Island
Timings: 12 pm to 4 pm.
3. Enjoy the sea and sun at Little Oneroa Beach
Oneroa Beach is a crescent-shaped beach, located in the northern part Oneroa town. Little Oneroa Beach is at the east end of the main beach and is calm, quiet and secluded, giving a feeling of pure pleasure. Lying on this beach, you can simply enjoy the view overlooking Oneroa Bay or have a swim in the ocean. This beach is accessible from the bus stop on Ocean View Road.
Little Oneroa Beach
Address: Oceanview Road, Little Oneroa, Waiheke Island, Auckland
Website: Oneroa Official Website
4. A musical journey through the Whittaker's Musical Museum
Zbigniew Slomian plays the violin and Izabela Slomian plays the piano onstage at Whittaker's.Posted by Whittaker's Musical Museum on Sunday, 12 February 2017
If you are a music lover, don’t miss a unique tour of Whittaker’s Musical Museum. The museum is famous for its amazing collection of musical instruments and if you are lucky, you can get to hear them play. Normally, the instruments are played on school holidays, for children, during a 90-minute live show but the museum also arranges concerts during other specific dates, where the instruments are played by specific musicians. The museum is located in Oneroa and is a 15-minute walk from Matiatia.
The Whittaker's Musical Museum
Address: 2 Korora Rd, Oneroa, Auckland 1081, New Zealand
Timings: 1 pm to 4 pm.
5. Start your weekend on this island - Visit the Ostend Market
Every Saturday, the Ostend Market unfolds to showcase its wide variety of colorful things. Find a selection of clothing, artifacts, and toys, in a variety of shapes and sizes. If you are looking for cheaper options, you can also pick up second-hand items.
This market is also heaven for foodies. From pizzas, burgers and samosas to locally made breads—all types of mouthwatering foods are available, here. This market is also a favorite hangout place for locals and as a place to spend quality time with friends or to grab some candyfloss, popcorn or coffee.
This weekend market takes place in the Ostend War Memorial Hall and Reserve, located on Ostend Road.
Address: Ostend War Memorial Hall and Reserve, 76 Ostend Road, Waiheke Island
Timings: Every Saturday 7:30 am- 1 pm
6. Connells Bay Sculpture Park for the art lovers
An excellent collection of contemporary sculptures are featured among nature, at Connells Bay Sculpture Park. Apart from the 30 permanent works by eminent sculptors of New Zealand, some works are also featured here, on a temporary basis. The excellent combination of nature, which complements the artwork, is the main attraction of this place.
The park provides a guided tour to visitors, on request. You can also stay over in a historic seaside cottage, located here.
Connells Bay Sculpture Park
Address: Cowes Bay Rd, Connells Bay, Waiheke Island 1971, New Zealand
Website: Official Website of Connells Bay
7. A day trip to Wild on Waiheke
A trip to the Wild Estate Vineyard and the Waiheke Island Brewery gives you the chance to see and to taste the rich flavors of the Waiheke lifestyle. Try the beer and wine tasting, or indulge in the outdoor adventure activities, like wild tag, archery or laser clay bird shooting. The restaurant is also good for tasting the local cuisine, with an excellent view of the vineyards.
Wild on Waiheke is located on Onetangi Road, on Waiheke Island. It is open five days a week, except for Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
Wild on Waiheke
Address: 82 Onetangi Rd, Waiheke Island, Auckland 1971, New Zealand
Website: Official Website of Wild on Waiheke
8. Hiking through Whakanewha Regional Park
There are lots of hiking trails around Waiheke Island and the trail through the coastal forest, in Whakanewha Regional Park, is located in the southern part of the island. This hike is a paradise for nature and bird lovers and it gives a chance to spot various kinds of birds like the tui, fantail, kereru, gray warbler and silver eye. At the end of the hike, find the secluded beach to relax and unwind. This national park is found on Gordons Road and is accessible from various parts of the island by ferry or shuttle.
Whakanewha Regional Park
Address: Waiheke Island, Auckland 1971, New Zealand
Website: Tourism Site of Waiheke Island
Ziplining over the vineyard to the platform at the end.Posted by Womens Adventures NZ on Saturday, 14 November 2015
A zip lining tour over the island will give you an aerial view of the surrounding vineyards and the bay area, including the Hauraki Gulf. One of the best places to take in a zip lining adventure is Trig Hill. The total experience takes around 25 minutes and you can zip line through the vineyards, the forest areas and the bay of Waiheke Island.
Ziplining Experience on Waiheke
Address: Trig Hill Rd, Onetangi, Auckland 1081, New Zealand
The island of trickling water
According to ancient Māori culture, this island used to be called Motu-Wai-Heke, which is defined as an island of trickling water. This island is an amazing blend of modern and traditional laidback lifestyle. Zip line, cycle or just walk around the island and you will get the relaxed feeling of being close to nature.
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